Insight Dialogue Weekend Retreats – November and December 2017

Retreat, Forest Hall

with Rosalie Dores

3-5 November AND 1-3 December 2017

Insight Dialogue (ID) is a relational meditation practice, grounded in the wisdom tradition of the buddha-dharma. In ID practice we extend the profound benefits of solitary meditation into being with others. We acknowledge the reality that we are social beings and engage with the complexity of being with others, as a potential path to freedom. We meditate together, recognising and unbinding the relational knots that cause suffering in our lives.

The retreat will be held within a container of noble silence. The relational meditation dialogues, are structured meditative practices undertaken in pairs or small groups. You will learn six meditative guidelines to support your relational practice, and life.

Two retreat weekends will be offered in November and December, addressing different topics:


During this weekend retreat we will experientially explore the Buddha’s foundational teachings on the Four Noble Truths. The Buddha encourages us to know the reality of suffering (dukkha) for ourselves, the experiential fact of suffering, the causes of suffering, the reality that there is an end to suffering, and the path that leads to this end. Together we will explore this teaching within the context of our practice and our lives.

Check in: Friday 3 November, 9.30-15.30.

Check out: Sunday 5 November, after the retreat finishes (latest 18.30).

The retreat will begin on the morning of Saturday, 4 November.


The Buddha’s teachings offer a clear and pragmatic map for reducing the stress and suffering in our lives. In his formative teachings he described an eight-fold path that leads to freedom from suffering. Over these two days, we will take this map and experientially explore how it relates in the context of our lives and relationships.

Check in: Friday 1 December, 9.30-15.30.

Check out: Sunday 3 December, after the retreat finishes (latest 18.30).

The retreat will begin on the morning of Saturday, 2 December.


About Rosalie Dores:

Rosalie Dores, M.A., is a mindfulness teacher, supervisor, and trainer. She teaches mindfulness and Interpersonal Mindfulness courses to the general public in London, and workshops and courses within organizations.

In 2010, she joined the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University as an associate teacher. She supervises teachers for the Mindfulness Network CIC, a not for profit organization, which works closely with Bangor and Exeter Universities. She regularly travels to Europe to train mindfulness teachers. She follows the UK Network for Mindfulness Teachers Guidelines for Good Practice.

Rosalie has sustained a meditation and yoga practice since 1992 and is keen to support others in experiencing the benefits of committed practice. She is in training in the US to teach retreats in Insight Dialogue, a relational meditation practice.

Rosalie is actively involved in the meditation community, in study and practice, and regularly attends solitary and interpersonal meditation retreats. She is a life-long student of living well.

For more information please see Rosalie’s website: Optimal Living

Retreat and booking information

Fee: 2,400 THB. This fee covers the cost of 2 nights’ accommodation in an ensuite single fan room and 3 meals per day only. Please see the section below on dana.

Dana: The retreat fees cover only the cost of food and accommodation. The retreat teachings themselves are offered freely in accordance with the Buddhist tradition of Dana (the cultivation and practice of the virtue of generosity) where the retreatant is invited to contribute financially to the teachings and the mentoring based on their individual income and the value that they place on what has been offered.

Places are limited so please sign up immediately so that we can reserve a room for you. For more information, please contact us at

Please DO NOT send your retreat fee prior to registering with us at the above email address. Kindly send an email first to check room availability.

Please note that New Life is a non-profit organisation. The fee covers only the costs of holding the retreat, including food, electricity, and accommodation. Being a young foundation, we need a lot of support, so additional donations are very welcome! Please help us spread the word and bring some friends.

We are an ovo-lacto vegetarian community. Simple, healthy meals will be served, consisting of breakfast with fruit, eggs, cereal, bread, and yogurt, and Thai-style meals for lunch and dinner. We cannot cater to special diets, but do let us know if have any food allergies.

All rooms come with ensuite bathroom, warm water shower, ceiling fan, sheets, and towels. The number of places available is limited so please register quickly.

Interested in joining the Insight Dialogue retreat in combination with participating in our guest, resident or volunteer program? Please inquire to find out more about different options and rates.

Location: New Life Foundation

No. 49 Moo 1, Ban Samanmit, Don Sila, Wiang Chai, Chiang Rai, Thailand

The retreat fee does not include transportation to and from the retreat location. There are a number of low-cost carriers within Thailand and the Asia region if you would like to fly to Chiang Rai. Buses are also a good option. Taxis and tuk-tuks that will take you straight to the foundation can be hired at the airport or bus station.

Travel information
Detailed map and directions

Things to bring for your stay

  • comfortable clothing including a light jumper or jacket
  • a refillable water bottle and/or cup or mug
  • mosquito repellent
  • torch
  • umbrella
  • your own toiletries
  • we provide meditation cushions and yoga mats but please feel free to bring your own

We look forward to seeing you.

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